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Assessments and Accountability


In this article from the March 2000 issue of Educational Researcher, author Robert L. Linn reviews the use of tests and assessments in educational reform over the past fifty years. In addition, Linn addresses "questions regarding the impact, validity, and generalizability of reported gains, and the credibility of results in high-stakes accountability uses." The author relates these questions and the historical role of assessment to current accountability systems, focusing on the role of content standards, high performance standards and common standards for all students, and the validity of accountability models.